Dealing Art with Thaddaeus RopacPublished 22 February 2018
From fetching beer for Joseph Beuys to the implications of Brexit and new borders, the Austrian art dealer Thaddaeus Ropac talks frankly about a range of topics in a conversation with our host Charlotte Burns, including the dangers of becoming too corporate; plans for his own collection; and his expectations for the art market in 2018.
Recorded in London, where Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac recently opened a fifth space (there are four others across Salzburg and Paris), Ropac shares his views on topics including the emerging cultural centers of the Middle East and China; the vibrancy of the Paris art scene; the pervasiveness of art fairs; and the importance of maintaining the trust of his artists.
“In Other Words” is a presentation of AAP and Sotheby’s, produced by Audiation.fm.
Click here for full transcript
"I really believe in this vision of a united Europe. It is very sad to see England leave. It will make our business more complicated because we are going back to a situation where you have borders." "We want to avoid becoming corporate. This is a big risk in bigger…
The Austrian art dealer Thaddaeus Ropac founded his first gallery in 1983 in Salzburg, showing artists including Joseph Beuys, Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.
Today, there are five branches of Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac located in three cities: Salzburg, Paris and London. The gallery represents around 60 artists and estates.
Ropac also runs a publishing house, producing catalogues and books to accompany exhibitions with contributions by prominent international art historians, curators and writers.
Born in 1960 in Austria, Ropac lives between Paris, London, Salzburg and New York.
executive editor of In Other Words
Charlotte Burns is the editor of In Other Words, our weekly newsletters and podcasts. She was previously the US news and market editor for The Art Newspaper, as well as a regular correspondent for publications such as the Guardian and Monocle. Previously, she worked with the London dealer Anthony d’Offay on special projects. For several years, she was a consultant at the cultural communications agency, Bolton & Quinn. She also worked at Hauser & Wirth in London.
Burns received a Masters degree (with Merit) from the Courtauld Institute in Art and Cultural Politics in Germany, 1890-1945, as well as a first-class B.A. honors degree in English and History of Art from Birmingham University. She moved to New York in 2010.
For more on Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac
“The Artfully Flawed Sculpture of Medardo Rosso” by Rachel Spence in the Financial Times (December 2017)
“Robert Longo Takes Aim at Enemies of Free Speech” by Javier Pes in The Art Newspaper (September 2017)
“Thaddaeus Ropac Defies the Brexit Blues With His New Mayfair Gallery” by Louisa Buck in The Art Newspaper (April 2017)
“How Do You Play a Building Like an Instrument?” by Melanie Gerlis in the Financial Times (April 2017)
“Smart Move: An 18th-Century Townhouse Has Been Revived as Mayfair’s Grandest Gallery” by Emmy O’Kelly in Wallpaper* (April 2017)
“For Sale: A Rare Duchamp” by Scott Reyburn in The New York Times (September 2016)
“Antony Gormley’s Sculptures Take Over Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac in Paris” by Amy Verner in Wallpaper* (March 2015)
“Sturtevant: Repeat Offender” by Christopher Bagley in W Magazine (May 2014)
“Alex Katz at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Pantin” by Mara Hoberman in Artforum (2014)
“Georg Baselitz’s Black Period on Show at Thaddaeus Ropac” by Tobias Grey in the Financial Times (October 2013)
“In Salzburg, an Astonishing Contemporary Art Collection in a 17th-Century Austrian Manor” by Alexandra Marshall in T: The New York Times Style Magazine (December 2013)
Where to look
Significant Shows at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac